Citizens of Craft

Citizens of Craft is a national project, led by Craft Ontario, in participation with the provincial and territorial craft councils of Canada, as well as the Canadian Crafts Federation. The goals of this project are to clarify and deepen the public’s understanding of craft and make craft more accessible to Canadians.

Citizens of Craft is a movement. A movement of makers, of appreciators, of shoppers, of admirers – of anyone whose values match our values of heritage, innovation, the leading edge, traditional, authentic, and entrepreneurial.

Citizens of Craft is a movement because there is a great need to unify the voices, to stop trying to define craft but instead to celebrate its diversity – what it is, what it represents, and who it defines – those who make and those who appreciate. A movement is a way for craft professionals to say, "this is what I do, this is what I am – come share my passion." A movement is a way for appreciators to say, "this is what I love, this is what I value, this is who I am."

The culmination of all of the efforts behind this movement are realized in the Citizens of Craft website and its Craft Finder where you can experience and locate craft from Whitehorse to St. John’s. This website allows everyone – Canadians and visitors to our country alike – to experience and access craft more readily and in a rich and easily searchable environment.

CITIZENS OF CRAFT

As a Craft Professional, Student, Affiliate or Business member of Craft Ontario, you can:

  • Showcase your craft both to the existing craft community and those who are discovering and purchasing craft
  • Be presented to site visitors through a wide array of robust searching options
  • Provide you the ability to post and promote personal or community craft events
  • And, most importantly, be part of a mass online exhibit of Canadian craft

To create a profile, you will need:

  • Your Craft Ontario membership number*
  • A high-quality image of yourself
  • Several high-quality images of your work
  • A list of stores that sell your work (if applicable)
  • Links to your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Your website URL

Learn How to Create a Citizens of Craft Profile in our webinar recording below:

*If you do not know your Craft Ontario membership number, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more helpful information for Craft Ontario members, download the Citizens of Craft Guide or the Citizens of Craft Asset Catalogue.

CREATE YOUR PROFILE

Not a Craft Ontario member, but want to get involved?

  • Visit our Manifesto page, read and share our 10 Manifesto Points.
  • Declare yourself a Citizen of Craft. Purchase t-shirts and buttons, download phone and computer wallpapers, or download profile photos for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Use the hashtag #CitizensofCraft when sharing your craft photos on social media.
  • Share our Citizens of Craft video

 

 

We thank you again for declaring yourself a Citizen of Craft, for joining our Citizens Community by creating your Profile, and for playing an integral role in furthering the movement.

Need for information? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to answer any questions you have!

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.